10 Technical Terms To Know Before Starting A Blog
So you like to write and you’ve got stuff that you want to say. Looking good already? Maybe You need to set some things before you start a blog. But if you’re anything like a non-technical person would have been you need to know few things before you start the blog. If you don’t follow these maybe it would be too late after you start a blog!!!
Blogging life is too chilled, I’d say that! But not always, being a blogger I always tend to do hundreds to thousands of research everyday so you end up getting the help i never got.
Yes, Blogging is the face you see but there is a huge list of groundwork required before you plan to start a online blog and want to make it famous. I never read about the success rates in the blogging industry but i know it won’t be more than 6%. Yes, I think so, almost everyone thinks of having their own blog. Even I tried many times around 4-6 years ago.
Let’s try to put a list of things you need to know before you start a blog. If you know them already you don’t need to read further. Good Luck!
- Professional Email Address
- Copyrights & Usage
- Methods of Earnings through Blog
- Web Design & Development
1. Exploring the Hosting?
Yes, You might have already heard of this term in blogging. “Web hosting” is a service that enables individuals and organizations to post a website or web page on the Internet OR just stay Online”.
Let’s understand this: Hosting is like an online hard drive that is connected to internet 24/7 and has multiple layers of security to protect it from hackers or internet attacks like DDoS etc. Definitely the companies that provide these service charge you for the resources you use for example a 24/7 running system would require an:
- Air condition
- Internet/ Bandwidth
- Hardware – HDD, SSD, Processors, RAM, In nodes (If cloud) and other essential hardware and software to run.
These are the minimum things that are required to keep your data online 24/7 and yes if you can set this by yourself, you just saved the maximum cost that is required in blogging!
A web host, or service provider for web hosting, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed to view the website or website on the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on servers called Special computers OR Super Computers OR Data Centers OR Cloud Services etc.
When Internet users want to view their website, all they need to do is enter their browser with your website address or domain. Their computer will then connect to your server and deliver your web pages through the browser.
There are some big names in the market that provide these services. We’ve got a list of some major brands that would help you get your online presence.
There are different types of hosting available but you have to decide it yourself based on your requirement. I started with a shared hosting because I had a limited number of visitors and that is good to start with as a starter. But with traffic you would need to switch to higher plans such as VPS or Dedicated hosting services.
These are much faster and optimized services that would help to keep multiple visitors to your site at a particular time. Shared hosting has a limitation in some areas one of them are a number of real-time visitors on a site.
When you have multiple visitors they consume a lot of bandwidth and space, so good luck with that idea.
2. Getting a Domain?
Simply put your website name is a domain name like just you, are reading this article on https://www.bioinformaticsindia.com. A domain name is an address from which web users can access the website. A domain name is used to find computers on the Internet and to identify them.
Domain names are just the IP addresses but for humans, it becomes difficult to remember these huge numbers, for example, Google has an IP address as 220.127.116.11 which is super simple to remember but what if I had an IP such as 123.543.324.56.21 isn’t this simple to remember 😛 Bioinformaticsindia.com is much simpler than the number.
Any combination of letters and numbers can be a domain name and can be used in combination with the various domain name extensions such as .com, .net, .in and many more.
Before you can use it, the domain name must be registered. Every single domain name is unique. No two websites are allowed to have the same domain name. If someone types in www.yourdomain.com, it’s going to go to your website and no one else’s.
A domain name is not free and comes with a price typically ranges from $5–$20 per year but may be more than millions if they were used before by someone else. For example Business.com is worth $345 Million you don’t need that to start a blog so relax. Find a unique name for yourself and enjoy the cheapest cost around 🙂
You can register your domain at many places some of them are listed below:
3. Securing the website with an SSL?
I know you love visiting different websites and you always want to land on to the websites that are safe to browse over and hence a technology makes it possible that is called as “Secure Sockets Layer” OR an SSL.
It was the cryptographic protocol most commonly used to provide control over internet communications until TLS (Transport Layer Security) followed it in 1999. Despite the SSL protocol’s deprecation and TLS adoption in its place, most people still refer to this kind of technology as ‘SSL‘.
SSL provides a secure channel between two internet-operated machines or devices or an internal network. One growing example is when a web browser and a web server use SSL to secure communication. This turns the address of a website from HTTP to HTTPS, the ‘S’ which stands for ‘safe.’
- Encryption: protect data transmissions (e.g. browser to the server, server to server, application to the server, etc.)
- Authentication: ensure the server you’re connected to is actually the correct server.
- Data integrity: ensure that the data that is requested or submitted is what is actually delivered.
You can get free SSL from Cloudflare which is one of the best platforms when we consider the security of a website.
There are some paid services as well such as:
I know you love that lock sign on the websites you visit, so don’t wait to show trust to your visitors.
4. Visibility on the Internet – SEO
Everyone needs to be found so does your website and thus you need to work on your SEO. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, which is the process of using organic search engine results to improve the amount and consistency of traffic to your website.
You could think of a search engine as a website that you are visiting to type (or speak) a question into a box and Google, Yahoo!, Bing, or whatever search engine you use magically answers with a long list of links to web pages that might answer your question.
It is true. But have you ever stopped wondering what lies behind those magical connection lists?
Based on how and what you write the search engine puts that up based on the relevancy and trust factor.
There is no recommendation from us in this area as this is very complicated to explain in a single post. You can refer our SEO guides for the explanation.
5. Selecting a platform – CMS
You need to find a platform on which you would build your blog. A content management system (CMS) is a web content management application which allows multiple contributors to create, edit and publish content. Content in a CMS is typically stored in a database and displayed on the basis of a set of templates in a presentation.
There are different types of CMS used to run different needs:
Of all, around 20% roughly use WordPress which is super popular and even we are build on it. It is very handy and you don’t necessarily need a technical skill to work on such CMS.
You get it free from the hosting services so relax about the platforms as they are open source and you get it free for use.
6. Tracking your presence: Analytics
Things get strange when you work on it blindly and hence you need to track the performance of the blog. SEO content writing can be an immense investment in time and you want to know that your investment pays off. Learning how to test blog traffic is the best way to assess your blogging ROI (and make changes where needed).
Tracking blog traffic early and often means that you can avoid dwelling on issues that don’t bring in readers and produce more of the workable content.
Looking at your blog stats shows whether people are reading your posts, which posts are the most common, and provides valuable insights into who these readers are and where they are most likely to click on your website.
This means you can tweak your blogging strategy to get the traffic you want, instead of flying blind.
Most blogging sites have built-in analytics (e.g. HubSpot) or a plug-in of Google Analytics (e.g. WordPress) to track blog traffic and visitors to the site.
Whatever blogging platform you are using, we recommend that you use the Google Analytics website to check blog traffic with Google Analytics. It is up to businesses to track blog traffic with Google Analytics as long as Google remains the grandfather and leader in search. Because if Google does not see your blog, there is nothing worse than this.
Explore the tool Google Analytics.
7. How cool does it look when you have a Professional Email Address?
A professional email address is the one with the business name inside. For example, a professional email address is [email protected]
Email accounts on free email services such as [email protected] are not suitable for business because they are not skilled in appearance. Your customers and other companies will find a more trustworthy, professional email address.
You’ll need a domain name and a website to get a professional email address. If you have a domain name and a website already, then you’re all set to have your own professional email address.
You can have a chat with your hosting service and they will help you set it up for you.
8. Copyright & Usage in blog
You may be unsure of the term but when people start blogging they usually need images for their content and they just use google images to get the things look beautiful.
Keep one thing in mind “Not everything on web is free”.
Everytime you use any data in any form, you have to ensure that it is available freely to use. Not every image you see on google is free.
Search engines are make sure that same content is not published again so you need to bring a good and useful content, a simple copy pasting won’t work 🙂
There are websites that help you get free images such as:
9. Methods of Earnings through Blog
You want to make money, don’t you? You do of course. Everyone wants to make money-and needs it. So you started a blog because you’ve heard that making cash is an simple way to do it, but you’re not quite sure how to actually make it. Or maybe you already have a blog, and you are finding ways of monetizing it.
It’s possible to make money with a blog-whether it ‘s a hobby blog or a business blog-no matter which group you ‘re in. It’s not a fast ordeal getting rich, but if you’re doing it right, you could make enough to help your family and more. Let’s dive inside and see if your blog can make a profit.
You can simply run ads or run affiliate programs to earn from your blog. Find what we use.
- Adsense (Ad Network)
- Media.net (Ad Network)
- Amazon (Affiliate Network)
Read our articles to explore more:
- Integrate Google AdSense to your blog
- Want to get Adsense approved in one go?
- Discovering the best Google Adsense alternative?
- Media.net Ambassador Program – Refer and Earn
10. Web Design & Development
During my early stages of studying web development, I remember finding myself confused about the distinctions between design and production many times over. What are A Web Designer’s roles? What’s involved with the web design work? Are web design and development identical to the web? Are terms which can be interchanged with the same meaning?
The answer should be simple: no. Each one’s role is totally different from another. But let’s look at the various roles and methods, from both a web designer and a web developer.
Design is basically the look and feel of the website and development is using technologies and codes to achieve that experience.
You would need to understand the requirement of your business or blog before planning some designs.
Hope we cleared most of your doubts if not all. Do share and comment if you like our article and surely suggest any thing we have missed here. Good luck with your blog.
10 Technical Terms To Know Before Starting A Blog